Mark Ronson dedicates 'Uptown Special' to Amy Winehouse
Producer Mark Ronson revealed on Twitter that he’s dedicating his new album, Uptown Special, to the late Amy Winehouse. Ronson collaborated with Winehouse on her final studio album, Back to Black, before her death in 2011.
Posting a hand-written note to his Twitter on Tuesday, Ronson acknowledged songwriter Teenie Hodges and DJ Mehdi, both of whom also died in recent years. According to the note, the dedication section was left off the album printing, and he wanted to make his sincere thanks known publically.
Ronson recently spoke with EW about working with Winehouse. “She came with so many of those songs written. All I had to do was really arrange them,” he said. “And then ‘Back to Black’ and ‘Rehab’ were the two that she wrote when we were together in New York—and ‘Back to Black,’ I played her the music and she wrote the song in, like, an hour. So, I wish I kind of remembered more. And I wish, obviously, that we had made more music.”
The dedication reads:
“Although I wish you were still here, I’m always thinking of you, inspired by you and your music lives on in myself and everyone who ever felt it.
– Love, Mark ”
Uptown Special is Ronson’s fourth album, with his song Uptown Funk! currently in the no. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 list.